Consecration of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Ram Janmabhoomi Temple, Ayodhya

The Ram Mandir, where consecration of Lord Rama (one of the avatars of Lord Vishnu) was seen on 22 nd January 2024 by the whole world, is widely believed to be situated where the birthplace of Rama (a principal Hindu deity), ‘Ram Janmabhoomi’, is located (Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, India).

The Deity:

The temple’s chief deity is ‘Ram Lalla Virajman’, an infant version of Rama who is an avatar of Lord Vishnu. The garment worn by ‘Ram Lalla’ was sewn by artisans Bhagwat Prasad and Shankar Lal, who are fourth generation tailors to sew garments for the lord. In the temple’s inner chamber are two idols of Ram Lalla, one of whom is five years old.

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Ram Lala in Ayodhya Mandir

The Architecture:

In 1988 the Sompura family of Ahmedabad came up with the initial plan for the Mandir. Chandrakant Sompura was the temple’s principal architect. According to the Hindu scriptures, the Vaastu and Shilpa shastras, a new design was created by the Sompuras in 2020. After completion, the temple complex will rank third in size among Hindu temples worldwide. Its design is based on the Māru-Gurjara architecture of Nagara style, which is predominantly associated with Hindu temple building in northern India. The three-story main building of the temple was constructed on an elevated platform. There are five ‘mandapas’ on the entrance path and in the center is the ‘garbhagriha’ (sanctum sanctorum). The first level of the Shri Ram Darbar is made up of five halls: Rang Mandap, Sabha Mandap, Kirtan Mandap, Nritya Mandap, and Prarthana Mandap. Shikharas adorn the ‘mandapas’ in the Nagara style. The temple is decorated with statues of gods, and in each corner are mandirs devoted to Surya, Bhagwati, Ganesh, and Shiv. On the northern and southern arms are the temples of Hanuman and Annapurna.

Events:

Following a Bhumi-Pujan (“ground-breaking ceremony”) on August 5, 2020, the temple’s construction formally resumed. Prior to the ground-breaking ceremony, which saw Prime Minister Narendra Modi laying a 40-kilogram (88 lb) silver block as the foundation stone, a three-day Vedic ritual was conducted. The Ramarchan Puja, or “Puja of Rama’s feet” was performed the day before on August 4 2020 to formally invite all the major deities into the temple. Soil and sacred water were gathered from various holy sites in India for the Bhoomi Poojan, including the Kamakhya Temple in Assam and from the Kaveri River source at Talakaveri in Karnataka. Other sites included the Triveni Sangam of the rivers Yamuna, Ganga, and Saraswati at Prayagraj. To sanctify the temple, soil was also brought in from Char Dham pilgrimage sites, as well as from several Hindu, Jain, and Gurudwaras around the country.

Consecration:

Of the three idols that were made, the one that was created by renowned sculptor Arun Yogiraj was chosen to be placed in the hallowed sanctum sanctorum. On January 22, 2024, from 12:15 PM to 12:45 PM IST, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded the consecration ceremony of Ram Mandir. People from many walks of life, including actors, politicians, businesspeople, bureaucrats, spiritual leaders, and athletes attended the ceremony.

Celebrations by Vancouver Indian Diaspora:

The Ram Mandir Consecration Ceremony was observed by various organisations like the Hindu Temple Burnaby, Shree Mahalaxmi Temple Vancouver, the Shri Venkateshwara and Maha Vishnu Temple Delta (TISI Samgam Society) with equal devotion. There were ‘Kirtans’, ‘Ram Pravachanas’ and Hanuman Chalisa chanting with lighting of diyas, aarti and mahaprasad.

Global Hindu Diaspora including Hindus in Vancouver area shared photos and Instagram reels with the picture & Video of Lord Rama’s beautiful idol.

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Bhakts in Hindu Temple Burnaby

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